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Friends Bulletin 

PACIFIC AND NORTH PACIFIC YEARLY MEETINGS OF THE RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS 


Volume 51 # Number 8 


MAY, 1983 


The Soviet Union— Some Impressions 

by John MacDougall, Acton Meeting, Mass. 

Is the Soviet Union on the brink of collapse? Definitley not. Do the Russians want peace? Yes, 
passionately. Are the Soviet people freer today than under Stalin? Yes, somewhat. Will the Soviets 
invade Western Europe this decade? No, most unlikely. 

This much— and more— I can say with confidence, after spending a semester last Spring in the Soviet 
Union. I went there under the faculty exchange program between the University of Lowell, where I 
teach, and Tbilisi State University in Soviet Georgia. I taught at the university and other institutions, 
lived in an ordinary dorm with my family, and travelled thousands of miles across the USSR by train 
and plane, from Georgia in the Caucasus mountains to Moscow, to Leningrad and Lithuania on the Baltic 
coast. 

Economics— I’m sure no Soviet citizen starves— I saw very few beggars. Unemployment does not exist, 
and nobody is afraid of layoffs. Many of the basics are inexpensive and readily available. Public trans- 
portation is good and cheap— a bus or trolley ride in town costs a nickel, and the 1200-mile train or plane 
trip from Tbilisi to Moscow costs only $60. Rents in government housing average only five percent of 

(Continued on page 128) 


Children in Soviet Georgia 

In Tree - Peter MacDougall. Below from left - Erakle, Jessica MacDougall and Marika 


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NORTH PACIFIC YEARLY MEETING OFFICERS 

Presiding Clerk: Jane Snyder, Ashstate Apt., 46E, 3930 

N.W. Witham Hill Dr., Corvallis, OR 97330 
Steering Committee Clerk: Elee Hadley, 41 Cow Creek 
Rd., Azalea, OR 97410 

Treasurers: Henry and Jackie Van Dyke, 3300 NW Van 
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“We seek ways to cooperate to save life 

and strengthen the bonds of unity among 
all people.” 

— PYM Proposed Advices on Peace 

Four perspectives on the Advices on Peace are 
offered here: “The Soviet Union— Some Impres- 
sions,” a U.S.-U.S.S.R. Proposal for Reducing and 
Eliminating the Arms Race, A Women’s Peace 
Initiative in Europe in 1983, and the relationship 
of Meetings to the mentally ill. 

As Friends in our western Yearly Meetings pre- 
pare to gather— Intermountain in early June, North 
Pacific in late June, and Pacific in the first week of 
August— members and committees will carry for- 
ward our many concerns for peace arising out of 
the escalating militarism of the United States and 
its implications for the destruction of life in many 
areas of the world. 

What our brothers and sisters are telling us in El 
Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica and 
Europe is to bend all our efforts to dissuade our 
government from its present course of increased 
military aid and production of nuclear weapons. 
There is a new urgency to turn our government 
around as it plans to deploy Cruise Missiles in 
Europe this year and to join with Salvadoran gov- 
ernment forces (through the U.S. AID program) 
in new assaults on villages as a first step in “pacifi- 
cation” similar to the Phoenix program used against 
the people of Vietnam in which the order of the 
day was to destroy villages to “save” them. Has 
our government learned nothing from the lessons 
of Vietnam and Watergate? 

“A basic task of peacemaking is to fill the 
spiritual void in our civilization by replacing fear 
which cripples human efforts with faith in the power 
of love. . .” (PYM Faith and Practise) 

Shirley Ruth 


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(The Soviet Union: Cont. from cover ) 

one’s income. Last fall, prices of gasoline, vodka and certain other major items were raised sharply— part- 
ly to soak up increased consumer savings. 

Agriculture is the Achilles heel of the Soviet economy, and farmers are still reluctant to put their best 
efforts into the highly-centralized collective and state farms. In the capitalistic farmers’ markets, most 
food items cost at least as much as in the US, while the average salary is around $2500 a year. Bread— 
and liquor— are always cheap and plentiful, but on many days I found high-protein foods like meat, eggs 
and cheese unavailable at government stores. In recent months food rationing has been introduced in 
provincial cities. Another problem is the low quality of workmanship in government-made appliances, 
housing, etc. The three-year old dorm we lived in was already falling apart, and water and electricity 
were shut off about one day a week. 

Despite these problems, the country has made enormous economic progress since 1964, the begin- 
ning of Brezhnev’s government. Thousands of new apartment buildings are going up, in every city and 
town. They have their own bathrooms and kitchens— a vast improvement over having to share bathroom 
and kitchen with three neighbors in the older apartments. Traffic jams, something I never saw when I 
visited the USSR in 1960, happen in some cities today. The main reason is the thousands of new Soviet- 
made Fiats, which are very popular. Clothing is of much better quality than in 1960. Many city people 
sport fashionable clothes like American jeans, which can cost up to $300 on the black market. Wages 
and salaries have gone up in recent years. No doubt people are also making more from illegal or semi- 
legal activities like private trade and tutoring— otherwise, how could people afford the cost of black-market 
items such as jeans, tape-recorders, etc.? 

Freedom and Stability— Many people complained to me about the cumbersome bureaucracy, the short- 
ages of food and consumer goods, the lack of freedom of speech. These people always insisted that we 
keep these conversations confidential. Many acquaintances seemed eager to get to know my family better, 
but never followed up on the initial contact, apparently out of fear of being seen with Americans. All our 
friends assumed our dorm room was bugged. 

Another contrast with the West was the lack of public information. By this I don’t just mean the ab- 
sence of a free press, but rather, people’s inability to get official information we take for granted. There 
are no phone directories, and we were never warned of water and electricity shutoffs in our building. 

On the other hand, many of our friends were convinced that there was significantly more freedom of 
speech than in Stalin’s day. Very few dissidents were executed under Brezhnev, and their prison or men- 
tal-hospital terms are shorter and less unpleasant. And an extensive grapevine goes a long way to make 
up for the lack of official information. 

I would also judge that the Soviet regime is one of the most stable in the world. Why? Not just be- 
cause people are afraid of losing their jobs or going to jail if they are too outspoken. But also because of 
four other, more subtle, factors. 

First, the privileged groups in Soviet society are handsomely rewarded by the system. Party and govern- 
ment officials can shop at exclusive, well-stocked stores. So long as they do not get too out of line, scien- 
tists and artists have access to Western movies and books closed to ordinary people, and successful artists 
and scientists can travel to the West. A member of the artists’ or writers’ union is guaranteed an income 
above an average worker’s. 

Second, the central government has made concessions to ethnic nationalism. It is important to remem- 
ber that the USSR is much more than Russia. There are over fifty million non-Russian Slavs like the 
Ukrainians and White Russians; there are Lutheran Estonians and Latvians and Catholic Lithuanians along 
the Baltic coast; there are Moslem Uzbeks, Turkmens, Azerbaijanis and others in central Asia; there are 
Georgians and Armenians in the Caucasus who became Christians centuries before the Russians; and there 
are yet other smaller minorities like the Jews, the Germans and the Tatars. All these non-Russians speak 
their own languages and have a distinct history and culture. Most of them dislike the Russians whom they 


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MAY, 1983 -PAGE 129 


see as imperialists. 

Moscow is trying to create a national identity that rises above regional loyalties, but the men in the 
Kremlin are very aware of the problems involved. In 1979 it was announced that Russian would replace 
Georgian as the government language in Georgia. Thereupon a rare event occurred— a mass protest demon- 
stration— and the government backed down. The desperately poor regions of central Asia, and rural re- 
gions all over the country, have been especially favored with schools, hospitals, roads, etc. 

Third, as I have pointed out the average person has gained economically under Brezhnev, and clearly 
appreciates this. 

Fourth, most Soviet citizens deeply love their country. True, probably a majority are cynical about 
their leaders, and many feel a lack of meaning in their lives. This helps to explain poor workmanship, 
alcoholism and other social problems (which, incidentally, are not unknown over here!). But everyone is 
very proud of their country’s heroic defeat of the Germans in World War II. The war killed 20 million 
people, and absolutely nobody I met wants another war. There is also much pride in Soviet technologi- 
cal achievements in fields like aerospace and medicine. Most important, communism is not just a politi- 
cal-economic system (any more than capitalism is just that). Rather, communism is a social doctrine that 
profoundly shapes Soviet people’s thoughts and values. Hardly anyone can think of any other basic way 
to run their society, and accepts the general system. 

It should always be remembered that for centuries the Russian empire has never known Western de- 
mocracy. So the Soviet people do not expect the political freedoms we take for granted. Another im- 
portant difference from America is that the USSR has, in this century, been devastated by three wars on 
its own territory. So millions of Russians must see the present situation as a relative paradise of peace 
and plenty. 

Foreign Policy— I am sure the USSR would like to expand its influence in the world. But I do not 
see it as the omnipotent, ruthless giant the Reagan administration talks about. 

Indeed, Soviet power in the world has perhaps declined in recent years. Afghanistan looks like it’s 
turning into the Soviets’ Vietnam, and despite martial law, the Poles are still mounting protests like pro- 
Solidarity demonstrations and pirate radio broadcasts. In contrast, in 1957 and 1968 Russian interven- 
tion had a big impact in Hungary and Czechoslovakia, and in those years the US had unquestioned nuclear 
superiority. In Western Europe, the important Italian and Spanish communist parties are now following 
an independent course. In the Third World, since 1965 the Soviet Union has lost important friends like 
Egypt and Indonesia. Outside Eastern Europe and Afghanistan, the Kremlin does not rigidly demand pro- 
Soviet regimes. 

Soviet leaders are undoubtedly aware of the country’s serious domestic problems, such as economic 
shortages, ethnic unrest, apathy, and alcoholism. Nobody can be sure what Brezhnev’s successors will do. 
But I believe the system is well-enough entrenched so that things won’t change greatly in the next decade 
or two. There are great pressures on the Kremlin to continue with the policies of economic progress and 
political liberalization. 

All these gains will be totally obliterated in a nuclear war, as the Soviet leaders know. So I do not 
believe the Kremlin is preparing to start a nuclear war. 

Officials and ordinary people alike insist that they hold no grudge against the American people. De- 
spite the chilling of US-Soviet relations, I encountered no hostility to me as an American from the hun- 
dreds of Soviet citizens I met. On the contrary, everyone welcomed my family and me, and there was 
much interest in American literature, technology, politics, movies, clothes, music and so on. 

This raises important questions for us all. For instance, will the present American nuclear buildup 
really stop the Soviets from doing certain things in countries like Poland that the US does not like? II 
not, shouldn’t the US take a careful look at new ways to relate to the USSR, ways that do not threaten 
us all with nuclear annihilation? 


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Brussels: International Women Protest Arms Race 


Reaching For The Star 
A Women’s Peace Initiative, Europe 1983 

by Dana Raphael, Wilton Meeting, CT 

The ABC TV reporter shoved the mike towards 
my face and demanded to know why I and the 149 
other mostly middle age, mostly women, were fly- 
ing to Brussels to protest the deployment of the 
Cruise and Pershing II missiles. 

“I’m tired of being afraid every day of my life,” 

I said, “so, I’m doing whatever I can and this is one 
thing I can do.” 

The American group was catalyzed by the WILPF 
as part of the STAR (STOP THE ARMS RACE) pro- 
gram. It called us to join with thousands of other 
women in Brussels, the site of NATO headquarters, 
to demonstrate our commitment to stand with them 
against a plan to base these medium-range weapons 
in Europe. The yea or nay decision will be made in 
May by the all-male joint NATO forces. 

March 8 was International Women’s Day and 
demonstrations against war and for peace took place 


throughout the world. 

Arriving at 9 AM Sunday morning we were greet- 
ed with flowers by the courageous and forceful 
Belgian organizers. I dropped my bag at our little 
hotel and grabbed a cab to an address I had from 
the Friends Book of Meetings, arriving late, but 
welcomed in the middle of a small meeting. As 
expected, Friends were involved in the organiza- 
tional process of the STAR demonstration and, as 
usual, were helpful in all sorts of other ways. 

Monday was spent at the University listening to 
reports and talks and participating in workshops 
where we heard comprehensive explanations of the 
different missile programs and weapons. We also 
shared small, everyday, ingenious methods of rais- 
ing people’s awareness of the terrifying effects of 
these missile sites. One favorite idea was the send- 
ing of letters from American women to the editors 
of major German newspapers thanking the German 
people for accepting the short range missiles. The 
implication, of course, was that a nuclear war would 
then be limited to the European area! Conscious- 
ness raising with a thud! 



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MAY, 1983 -PAGE 131 


The high point of the congregation was the rally. 
An estimated 5000 women, about a third with 
white hair, milled around the central Brussels square 
listening to talks by women from different European 
delegations. 

There were very few police around, and, as one 
of them explained in rather good English, “Nothing’s 
going to happen, they’re only women!” 

Holly Near, an American advocate folk singer, 
was very dramatic with her a capella songs. Some 
phrases I liked: “We are a gentle angry people.” 

“I’m a big, angry woman. . .” 

The march through the streets of Brussels seemed 
to go on for several miles. My one let-down was at 
the end of this impressive “walk” because there was 
no “closure.” The march just got to a destination 
and the group dissipated. “Not enough space for a 
rally” was the explanation. 

We often don’t make the best use of our time. 
However, in Belgium we were admonished to use 
meal times to share our past advocacy experiences. 

It was a high point. One “little old lady” turned 
out to have protested at the Pentagon and had been 
dragged to jail. A school teacher had organized the 
Nuclear Freeze program for her entire state, and 
a youngish woman had “vigilled” at her congress- 
man’s office for weeks for ratification of a program 
which would support the Grey Panthers. 

I returned to the States, but the group went on 
to visit East Germany and, a day later, West Berlin. 
Bea Milwe, another protestor, reported to me how 
impressed she was that the country was not tatty 
as on her last visit in 1975. The women were stylish, 
not much different from those in The Federal 
Republic, and she reported that they seemed secure, 
satisfied and proud of their accomplishments. 

The schools in East Germany had programs teach- 
ing peace, love and friendship for all peoples of the 
world. For those children whose mothers worked, 
there was a creative after-school program— Pioneer 
Palaces— and the kids appeared lively and happy. 

In both parts of this same country, the demon- 
strators were shown many memorials to the victims 
of the Holocaust, one in a prison where union mem- 
bers were killed as Hitler looked on, another at a 
Catholic church, with a concentration camp 


“facade.” One had to walk through it to reach 
the place of worship. 

“But above all,” Milwe said, “I felt how scared 
they are on both sides, petrified of the acceleration 
of our weapons, afraid the U.S.S.R. would retaliate 
by increasing their missiles. It takes only 4 minutes 
to reach the Soviets. And, these weapons go both 
ways! 

“The East Berliners were terrified of us and the 
West Berliners frightened of the Communists. No 
one doubts there’ll be a war. They are strong 
women but they feel, they feel, they really believe 
they are already at war,” she added. 

I, too, was most impressed by the power and 
political and military savvy of the German women. 
They are leaders. The women from Greenham 
Commons in England were most impressive also. 
They have encircled the missile sites and set up 
tents. By the hundreds, they are “living” in them 
with their children. (I understand that similar pro- 
test camps have been organized in Seneca, NY and 
on a site in Michigan.) And Wales, in Great Britain, 
has voted a nuclear freeze for the entire province. 

The Americans have been vital in the origination 
of this STAR program (which is continuing, thank 
goodness). Our energy and organizing skills were 
apparent. But, if there is a point to criticize, it is 
that many of us have not thoroughly digested the 
connectedness between peace, freedom and kind- 
ness. 

When fighting broke out between the Muslims 
and the Hindus, Gandhi called off the entire inde- 
pendence movement. It took several years before 
he tried again. He understood peace was a sham 
and would never last until human beings learned 
how to deal with each other in love. 

Similarly, we had not effectively taken sufficient 
care of our older sisters, many of whom had great 
anxiety about the logistics of the peace tour. They 
might not have heard the meeting time, nor known 
they could leave bags at the station, nor been able 
to keep up with the marchers without a friend’s 
arm to lean on. And, where were we going so fast 
anyway? We, too, need to deal with each other in 
love. 


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A Proposal for a Multi and Bi-National (US-USSR) Top-Level Study of Non-Violent 
International Alternative Strategies to Reduce and Eliminate the Arms Race and Pave 
the Way to Continuing Future Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts. 

Everyone is aware of the now-overpowering need to find alternatives to the continuing arms race. With 
every new round of weapons build-up, the danger of confrontation, by accident or by design, increases. 
At the same time, the fatigue, necessitated by so much effort placed on prevention, debilitates patience 
and hope. 

At the same time also, there is an almost total lack of exploration of non-military alternatives, as if the 

governmental powers of the industrialized world were hypnotized into believing that there is nothing 
to do but eventually clash. 

As the arms race becomes more and more financially and psychologically unbearable— and ineffective, in 

that the increasingly dreadful weapons can never be used to the advantage of either side— both the U.S. 
and the U.S.S.R. are more and more vulnerable to starting a war because of lack of any other tactic or 
idea. 

The alternatives, whatever they may eventually be, will of course necessarily be based on effective non- 
violent action and response. Each word of this phrase is important. There must be action, as opposed 
to non-action. That action must be non-violent in the sense that old-fashioned military tactics and 
new-fashioned weapons must be foregone. And this non-violent action must be effective in attaining 
the goals of the users, while also eliciting non-violent responses. All actions must be mutually beneficial. 

Some experience in the uses of non-violent attitudes and techniques in action has been acquired, but only 
on a relatively small and specialized scale. These experiences have been limited to situations where one 
side was assumed beforehand to surely become violent in its response. Almost nothing has been done 
or researched on what might occur, specifically or generally, if both sides in any political controversy 
were to be non-violent. There is some real danger, therefore, the present tensions between the U.S. 
and U.S.S.R. being what they are, that one side might conceivably develop very practical non-violent 
initiatives before the other was prepared to counter with non-violence, and might thus gain some ad- 
vantages that would later have to be equalized if they were not to cause aggravated friction. 

As this is something that should be studied by both sides simultaneously, and could best be developed in 
a shared experience of exploration, lacking secrecy, which always inflames rivalries, I want to suggest 
that an international group of leaders and thinkers who have had some non-violent action experience, 
get together with top-level representatives from the U.S., the U.S.S.R. and other interested nations, 
for the express purpose of thinking through how non-violent tactics might be carried out by both 
sides, step by step, to reduce and eventually eliminate armaments and war preparations, both physical 
and psychological. 

Various scenarios would of course come from these meetings which could be processed by computer, 
similar to the famous and useful Club of Rome studies and fully publicized and discussed. Agreed 
actions might then be mutually taken. 

Such a conference might well be sponsored and paid for in part by governments, in part from private 
funding, and in part by the U.N. Meetings might be held in some place like Geneva, at the U.N. 
University in Tokyo, or at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. 

Jean S. Gerard 

Pacific Ackworth Meeting 

6124 Encinita Ave., Temple City, CA 91780 


WHAT IS YEARLY MEETING? 


YOU ARE INVITED 
to the 

37th ANNUAL GATHERING 

PACIFIC YEARLY MEETING 

of the 

RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS 

AUGUST 1 - 6, 1983 

CRAIG HALL CONFERENCE COMPLEX 
1400 WEST 3RD STREET 
CHICO, CA 95926 
(916) 342-8772 



The annual gathering of Pacific Yearly Meeting 
is for members, attenders, seekers, and their 
families of the Monthly Meetings and Worship 
Groups that make up Pacific Yearly Meeting. 
Friends from other Yearly Meetings of the 
Religious Society of Friends and the Wider 
Quaker Fellowship are also welcome. 


Yearly Meeting is what we make of it: 

a TIME to experience corporate worship 
as the basis of our lives together. 

a PLACE where we do our corporate busi- 
ness in a Quakerly way. 

a SPACE where the tightness of our lives 
is opened, loosened and where something 
fresh and new can enter. 

a TIME to exercise our faith and work 
through issues, finding their resolution in 
the sense of the meeting. 

a PLACE where the unique light of each 
person can shine, where new interpersonal 
connections can be made. 

a GATHERING of the family: old friends, 
new friends, Young Friends and children. 

a COMMUNITY we build together, a mar- 
velous pot pourri of agenda items, worship- 
fellowship groups, working groups, joyful 
activities. 



SOME AREAS OF FOCUS 

The Historical Roots of Pacific Yearly Meeting 

The Wider Family of Friends in sixty countries 
throughout the world, linked by the 
Friends World Committee for Consulta- 
tion: Gordon Browne Jr., Executive 
Secretary, FWCC Section of the Americas, 
will be a resource person. 

Religious Education for Adults, Children, Young 
Friends 

The Testimony for Equality: Racism Today 

Peace Tax Fund and the Peace Testimony 

Central America: Refugees and Friends Response 

Latin America and the United States Relationships 

U.S. - U.S.S.R. Relationships 

Law of the Sea Treaty: A Step Toward World 
Order? 



Gordon M Browne, Jr., FWCC 



PYM Young Friends 


HOW TO GET THERE 

California Rte 99 goes through Chico N/S. Get 
off 99 at Rte 32 west towards Hamilton City. 
After about a mile it turns north. Turn left on 
3rd St. Craig Hall is 3 blocks on the right at 
1400 West 3rd. 

WEATHER 

Chico is usually very hot in August. Bring swim 
suit, light clothing. The buildings are air condi- 
tioned. 

TRANSPORTATION 

Chico is served by train, bus and air. (Air Chico, 
Pacific Express, Westair Commuter). If you 
want to be met, please write or call ahead to— 

Bob Barnes, PYM Arrangements 

1 1044 Weeping Willow Way 
Nevada City, CA 95959 
(916) 273-2664 

OTHER NUMBERS TO CALL 

Registration 

Charlie and Miriam Swift 

(916) 272-2017 

Chico PYM desk 

(916) 342-8772 


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4. 

5. 

6 . 


*MEALS: If not getting meal every day, use (O)ccasional. 

CODES: (N)oon Sunday (B)reakfasts (L)unches (S)uppers 


HOW TO FILL IN 


REGISTRATION - FEES 


Please PRINT. 

MEETING-Official name of Worship, Prepara- 
tive, Monthly or Yearly Meeting if not PYM. 

ACcommodations-“C”amping or “R”oom & 
Board. 

NIGHTS-Put an “X” after nights at PYM. For 
Saturday night, 7/30, special arrangements can 
be made. 

SP-REQ-“S” = require single; “T” = prefer single; 
“G” = require grd floor; “El” = prefer grd floor. 

MEALS— If not getting room and board, check 
meals desired. Need not be exact. Campers, 
please join us for lunch if you can. 

CONTRIBUTIONS— Please help with our child- 
ren’s program and Jr Yrly Mtg if you can. We 
budgeted $700 in extra contributions here. 
Indicate amounts. 

W/F— You may attend the same assigned Worship/ 
Fellowship group each day or you may attend 
the unprogrammed worship sessions. Put “W” 
to be assigned to a worship fellowship group. 

DEPOSIT— 25% of amount due except contri- 
butions and extra meals. See Panel on Fees. 

NOTES— Add anything else we need to know. 


Fee Information. All fees cover from the eve- 
ning meal thru next lunch. Single meals are 
available. A Registration Fee covers conference 
operating costs and facilities costs. An Accomo- 
dation Fee covers room & board or camping. 
There is no room only. 


Fee Schedule (per day-based on age): 


Registration: 

Camping: 

Room & 

Board 

0-2 $2.50 

0-2 $0.00 

0-2 

$0.00 

3-12 3.50 

3 up 1.50 

3 - 12 

15.50 

13 up 6.00 

Fam Max 

13-79 

19.00 


6.00 

80 up 

9.00 


Meals. For meals not paid along with room (i.e. 
paid at door), do not include in calculations of 
fees. These are— Breakfast $2.12; Lunch $3.18; 
Supper $5.30. Age 2 and under is free. 

Simple Food. Vegetarian dishes served. A meat 
dish at every other lunch and supper. 

Refunds. To encourage registering when in 
doubt, registrations can always be canceled or 
changed. Refunds either issued the last day, 
or mailed. 

Families. It is assumed that last name, accomo- 
dations, etc. are the same for all. If different, 
enter under variations. 

Confirmation. A confirmation will be sent with 
further registration information 

Absolutely No Pets 


15% Late Fee if Received 
After July 14 

Return to Charles & Miriam Swift, Registrars 

15834 Sunnyvale Lane 
Grass Valley, CA 95945 
(916) 272-2017 


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I Was A Stranger 

by Hermione A. Baker, Morongo Basin Friends 
Worship Group and Sub-Committee on Mental 
Illness, M & O Committee, PYM 

I am sometimes asked by some person who has 
sought help or companionship, or who has hoped 
to ease a lonely time by going to a Friends Meeting, 
“Why do Friends’ Meetings seem unfriendly to 
strangers?” I have found myself struggling to find 
an answer and having to reply that Friends, like 
members of other religious groups, tend to move 
toward those people already known to them. 

Friends seek their friends. I turn from such a con- 
versation with the realization that Friends do have 
a responsibility, not only to the stranger, of whom 
it is written (Exodus 22:22), “Thou shalt neither 
vex a stranger nor oppress him; for ye were stran- 
gers in the land of Egypt,” and of whom Jesus 
said (Matthew 25:35), “I was a stranger, and ye 
took me in,” but we have a responsibility to that 
person in the Meeting who is a stranger to himself 
or herself, that person who may quite suddenly or 
gradually have become like a stranger to his family, 
his friends, and to his Meeting. I refer to the per- 
son who is mentally ill who needs the caring help 
and trust of Meeting members more than ever be- 
fore. His family needs our care, also. We must be 
prepared to offer the friendly smile, the warm 
hand, the ride home or the companionship to the 
bus stop or the corner nearest to home. But be- 
yond that, Meetings, especially Ministry and Coun- 
sel or Oversight Committees, have a responsibility 
toward mentally ill or emotionally disturbed mem- 
bers and attenders, to counsel, to guide, to refer to 
expert care where necessary. The Committee on 
Mental Illness of Pacific Yearly Meeting is facilitat- 
ing the finding of lists of referral agencies, support 
groups and counseling centers for Meetings’ use. 

A partial bibliography has been compiled, and ad- 
ded titles will be sent on request. 

Faith and Practice has the following statement 
which is a charge to Ministry and Oversight Commit- 
tees, titled “The Helping Process:” 

In Helping one another, Friends can be 

instruments of the all-encompassing love of 

God. All Friends should help one another as 


they are able, but particular responsibility 
for care and counseling lies with the Commit- 
tee on Oversight (or on Ministry and Over- 
sight). This committee should choose coun- 
selors fitted for particular needs from among 
themselves and other qualified persons in the 
Meeting. Qualifications of a good counselor 
include approachability, warmth, sympathy, 
spiritual insight without doctrinaire assump- 
tions, ability to listen without judgment, 
ability to keep confidences, and practical 
resourcefulness. 

. . . The Meeting may. . . arrange for a time 
and place in which persons can confer with 
an appointed counselor. 

Meetings for Worship are basic to our indi- 
vidual and corporate life. The strength and 
power of God’s love reaches to the depth of 
human problems as we all strive to grow in 
spiritual and emotional maturity. 

Individual listening is a part of the helping 
process. One person (or at most two) should 
be assigned in a given situation, and confiden- 
tial matters be left to him (or them). To lis- 
ten carefully involves faith in the person, 
patience, a desire to understand, and avoid- 
ance of giving advice. While a counselor may 
raise questions about new ways of looking at 
the problem or suggest possible solutions, 
decisions must be left to the person involved. 

A difficulty may develop which is too 
serious for the Meeting to handle. In such an 
instance, professional help should be sought 
promptly. Members of Ministry and Over- 
sight should be aware of the community’s 
resources for family and individual counsel- 
ing. If such specialized help is required, the 
Meeting can be supportive in many practical 
ways. 

Persons are sometimes drawn to the 
Meeting because it promises help in personal 
problems. A Meeting should be careful not 
to offer solutions or aid beyond its powers. . . 

It is my most earnest plea, to myself and all 
other Friends, that we take the hand that reaches 
out for help and grasp it warmly and hold it firmly 
until strength returns to the Friend who seeks our 
help. 


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Call to Yearly Meeting 1983 

North Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends 


Welcome to the tenth annual session of NPYM, to be held this year from Friday, June 24, 1983, through 
Tuesday, June 28, at St. Thomas Conference Center. St. Thomas Center is in a wooded location at the 
north end of Lake Washington, in the Seattle suburbs. Camping will be available. 

The Childrens’ Program, “Kids Are Quakers, Too!”, will explore the Friends testimonies of peace, sim- 
plicity, equality and community. Daily small group worship will be scheduled, and there will be many 
interest groups. Our Friend in Residence will be Richard Eldridge, head of Buckingham Friends School 
in Penny si vania. 

Our registrar, Margaret Coahran, can send a registration packet to you. Please send for one in care of: 

Margaret Coahran, W. 700 Main St., Pullman, WA 99163. 

The registration deadline is May 30, 1983. 


Jane Snyder, Clerk 



Book Review 

by Carolyn D. Thorsen, NPYM, 

Cambridge, Idaho 

Book by Elaine M. Prevallet, Pendle Hill Pamphlet 
244. Reflections on Simplicity , July 1982 

For those embarassed by their own material pros- 
perity in contrast to world poverty, Elaine Prevallet’s 
pamphlet makes interesting reading. Her ideas for 
simplifying life are truly modest when held up to 
the need that surrounds us. Nevertheless, were 
there any of us who could fulfill her expectations, 
we would be oddities. 

In addition, a great deal of the pamphlet’s suc- 
cess lies with Prevallet’s willingness to draw from 
many sources for her ideas. She draws liberally on 
Jewish and Quaker tradition but most liberally 
from Christ Himself. Her writing is compact, so 
much so that the inattentive reader may sometimes 
stumble. Such preciseness of thought has led her 
to write several excellent sentences stating penetrat- 
ing ideas worthy of remembering. 

Briefly, the author establishes the scarcity of 
simplicity in our lives and the necessity for the pur- 
suit of the virtue. Then she turns to Jesus Christ 
to establish standards for simplicity. She suggests 
that simplicity has two natures: inner and outer. 

Her discussion of the inner process begins with an 


insightful explication of Matt. 6:24, “No man can 
serve two masters.” She suggests that Jesus does 
not say a man may not but rather says cannot have 
his heart in two places. “It isn’t possible.” Either 
man serves the forces of materialism or those of 
the Spirit. In regard to material possessions that 
many of us accumulate or fall heir to in spite of 
ourselves, Prevallet proposes that according to 
Jesus those possessions are not necessarily bad if 
one never lets them come to rest (cf. Luke 6:38). 

Next the author places simplicity in the perspec- 
tive of the Cross. She says, “In between the attach- 
ing and detaching (from the material) lies the Cross. 
It is a painful grace. . . of having our pettiness, our 
neediness, our grasping and clutching revealed to 
us.” This is the time when we realize that we can- 
not and need not heal ourselves, having only to 
yield to God’s infinite tenderness and mercy to be 
cleansed. “. . . the Light which exposes us to our- 
selves is that very mercy.” 

Following this discussion of inward simplicity, 
Prevallet moves to the ways that such a nature is 
expressed in the outer man. She considers sim- 
plicity of speech, sight, service and occupation as 
well as how persons making an effort to simplify 
their lives might achieve the task of carrying that 
simplicity to contemporary society. 


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Little need be said about simplicity of speech 
since most of us know that we talk too much and 
not always in complete truth. Prevallet adds one 
excellent thought to the traditional list of Quaker 
ideas on the subject. Using as her basis of reference 
Isaiah 55 : 1 1 , she says that words with God’s power 
behind them “prosper” in their missions. Words 
without that power return to the speaker empty. 

As for the idea of simplicity of sight, the author 
says that seeing with a single purpose means to see 
without lust, envy or covetousness. In a spiritual 
sense it means loving without wanting to possess 
that which we love. 

In the area of simplicity of service, Prevallet 
also has some insightful comments. She says that 
when we have the feeling that we have a great deal 
to give, we get very conscious of how we are going 
to look and even begin to feed on the power that 
giving gives us. We must realize that as we act 
to help another it is “our own wound we’re healing, 
at least as much as that of another.” 

Prevallet next turns to John Woolman to discuss 
achieving simplicity in our occupations. Woolman, 
at the age of 35, realized that he was becoming so 
prosperous as a merchant and tailor that he was en- 
cumbered by his prosperity even though he dealt 
in goods that he judged to be essential. As a result, 
instead of hiring more people to expand his business 
or spending more time at the business himself, he 
cut back so that he made only enough to support 
his wife, himself, and his son. Thus he could con- 
tinue with more pressing concerns which all invol- 
ved oppression of one kind or another. 

The concluding ideas of the pamphlet concern 
our present task in society. Jesus says we can look 
at the sky and tell what the weather will be like, but 
cannot interpret the “signs of the times.” Prevalet 
says that we need no more signs; there are enough 
of these. What we need are eyes with which to see 
those signs. World issues affected by our personal 
and societal greed are the weapons build-up (both 
nuclear and conventional), oppressive overconsump- 
tion that leaves others in need, the energy crisis and 
environmental pollution. We are so consumed by 
our own greed that we have lost our basis for judg- 
ing how to deal with the material things that come 
our way. We say our time is more valuable than 


money so we drive rather than walk, buy new 
clothing rather than mend the old, buy a new item 
rather than having the old one fixed. We need new 
machines, because they make our work more effici- 
ent, and are “bought out” by gifts fearing to offend 
the giver if we give a gift away. Sometimes we suc- 
cumb to our fear of the future, keeping things, 
thinking that we will need them again. And last and 
most embarassing to admit, is that we obtain some 
things because other people have them. 

If we share a common mind or vision on. . . 
(these) issues, it may be because there is 
openness to that inward listening. We are 
not, perhaps, totally blind. . . but neither 
are we unaffected. The sign that we are 
confused. . . Greed has become identified 
with need. 

Prevallet concludes by saying that before we try 
changing society we must change our own personal 
lives in some specific ways. We must eat less and 
only what is nourishing, give away what we don’t 
use, and make ourselves accountable for our con- 
sumption by challenging and even “querying” each 
other as to how we are responding to the challenge 
of simplicity. She also asks a haunting question, 
wanting to know why it is that some of us have the 
privilege of choosing a simple life style while the 
majority of the world lives in “desperate need.” 

She answers by saying that this prosperity is the 
gift of God, but she has no idea of what our part 
is in securing that gift. Prevallet’ s final instructive 
charge to us is that we be as inventive at breaking 
our idols as we have been in making them. 


Two Memorial Awards have been established in the 
memory of young Friends. Reno approved setting 
up a fund for support of Community Welfare in the 
memory of the life of John Kaiser, Jr. Eastside 
Friends participate, along with Adam St. Germain’s 
family and one teacher, in annual selection of a 
high school senior “who has shown an active inter- 
est in changing the social conditions which produce 
conflict in the local community, our nation and 
among the nations of the world.” Adam St. Germain 
was killed in September, 1982. 


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News of the Meetings 

Worship and Ministry: Care for One Another 

Sacramento planned a retreat on the state of the Meeting: “Where are we going? What should we do to 
serve better ourselves and our community?” 

Palo Alto held a one-day retreat, “Exploring the Spirit of Winter Inwardly and Outwardly.” A morning 
panel discussion spoke to “Loneliness and Belonging— How Can We Help Each Other?” A 
minute concerning prompt arrival for Meeting for Worship is to be read after Meeting for one 
month and announced in the newsletter. 

Phoenix has a special “Celebrate a Friend” spot in the newsletter for appreciation of the gifts and services 
of individuals. An “Open Meeting on Ministry” centered on expression of care for each other 
within Meeting and immediate outreach to the community.” Sunday afternoon visits to 
Friends’ homes were suggested and there was concern for closer relationships with immediate 
neighbors and with local churches. (We) “need to look at each other in a realistic light. Some 
come to Friends Meeting and are devastated when they do not find a group of saints. We are 
just people— sometimes hurting and sometimes sensitive, and we need to acknowledge this in 
our relationships with each other.” Friends were reminded that “time spent in committee 
meetings far from being a chore or a bore can be a period of fellowship and visitation provid- 
ing a means for Friends to learn more about each other.” A study group on preparing for 
ministry is planned. 

San Francisco responded to the First Query with “a concern that trivial things, favorite political philo- 
sophies, and personal attitudes seem to burden. . . our vocal ministry. We were reminded 
that it is not T who has come to worship God, but ‘we,’ and that ‘to come with hearts and 
minds prepared’. . . does not mean to come prepared to speak, but to participate in a process.” 

Santa Fe met to discuss what the Meeting could do to promote closeness and caring, community, “know- 
ing each other better as individuals would make it possible to be there for each other in times 
of need, as well as more present to each other during worship. The most important thing is 
to become acquainted. . . to the extent that we would know on whom to call. . . We minister 
in the ways of fellowship.” 

Visalia asks at each business meeting for word of Friends who are ill or needing assistance, and someone 
is asked to follow up with appropriate care. A worship group meeting in Porterville twice 
monthly has asked for help from the Meeting. 

Berkeley had a training session for persons who would like to know more about how to visit older per- 
sons with physical or emotional difficulties. A Friend called for the start of an informal group 
to read plays— a do-it-yourself dramatic experience. 

Walla Walla’s newsletter noted word from Gordon Browne, FWCC, that the fund for a Meetinghouse in 
Soweto, South Africa has surpassed its goal, and the dream is closer to reality. 

Rogue Valley Friends are exploring possibilities for a permanent meeting place in Ashland, Oregon. 

Reno’s newsletter comments on principles helpful in developing true friendship: honesty and transparency; 

touching (“Have you ever looked closely at the life of Jesus and noticed how often he touched 
people?”); communication (“It is tragic to say ‘Good-bye’ when we really mean ‘I will miss 
you very much’ or ‘Look what you did to me’ when we really mean T am hurting inside; will 
you help me?’ ”); faith (“Friends are not properties to own but gifts to cherish.”); and work. 


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Peace and Social Concerns 

Multnomah Friends help once a month with the Hospitality Kitchen at a local Catholic Church, feeding 
the hungry. An invitation to the monthly “Sunday at City Hall” urging our President and the 
President of the USSR to sit down together as soon as possible and talk about reduction and 
ultimate elimination of nuclear weapons was included in the newsletter, with the suggestion 
that a copy be sent to “someone with the same last name as yours in five different cities.” 
Meeting approved a statement to be submitted to Portland’s Task Force on Nuclear Civil 
Preparedness during recent public hearings. 

Reno sent a message of support to the National Conference of Bishops, (We) “are grateful to God for your 
courage and leadership in struggling with the moral issues of nuclear weapons.” The newslet- 
ter quotes Henri Nouwen: “More important than anything else is that peacemaking flows 
from a deep and undeniable experience of love. . . Prayer is the basis of all peacemaking. . . 

The paradox. . . is indeed that we can only speak of peace in the world when our sense of 
who we are is not anchored in it. We can only say ‘We are for peace’ when those who are 
fighting have no power over us.” 

Redwood Forest continues to investigate the needs of refugees in Santa Rosa, with special concern for 
the problems and public image of Cuban refugees. Meeting agreed to sponsor the family of 
a young Vietnamese woman. A forum, “Friends Response to Militarism,” dealt with responses 
to the Query on Peace, to the draft, to the arms race. 

Claremont reminds Friends that few members of Congress have ever visited the Soviet Union. “The FCNL 
is cooperating with the Federation of American Scientists to encourage all Congress people to 
visit or re-visit the USSR. You can help by sending a letter to your representatives asking 
them to visit.” 

El Paso initiated a study series on Peace in Latin America. The Social Action Committee distributes blan- 
kets and clothes to the Rescue Mission and food to the Food Bank. 

Orange County, concerned about the rise of homelessness, directs Friends’ help to the Interfaith Shelter, 
and to the Catholic Worker, predicting a lunch line increased to 1500 people daily. 

Visalia joined Fresno in a meeting for worship, followed by a documentary film, “Teacher and Pupil: 
Gandhi and Martin Luther King.” 

Santa Fe offered hospitality to Albuquerque member, Ezra Young, during his stay in the capital, lobbying 
for the “In-Home Care” bill, which would help the elderly and disabled. 

Orange Grove held an all-day seminar on race relations, “to consider queries on our personal feelings on 
relationships with different races.” Responding to the query on peace, Friends said: “We 
need to be aware that peace without love and hope is despair which is just as destructive as 
physical violence. We should be committed to fighting against despair and its root causes. 

We need to be wary of the trap of feeling superior because we belong to a group which be- 
lieves in peace through love and non-violence. Peace is the objective, not being ‘one-up’ on 
others who seek ‘peace’ through violent means.” 

Eastside reminds Friends that contributions to FCNL are now deductible if earmarked for the Education 
Program. 

Tacoma cooperated with a local Methodist Church in presenting the film, “South Africa Belongs to Us.” 

Santa Barbara had a potluck program with representatives from A Nuclear Free Pacific, who talked about 
nuclear testing on Kwajelein Island and its reoccupation by native inhabitants. The Meeting 
publicly re-stated “opposition to military registration, the draft, and all preparation for war.” 

Walla Walla held a three day workshop on Voluntary Simplicity. Friends are active in the Committee on 
Nonviolent Conflict Resolution, with a recent session on “Careers in Peace and Social Change” 

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(Meeting News: Cont. from page 137) 

at the local high school, assistance in developing skills for reducing tensions between Anglos 
and Hispanics, including the establishment of a bi-cultural committee of concerned local resi- 
dents. Dan and Barbara Clark host an occasional Tertulia (evening of Spanish discussion) to 
help Friends improve their Spanish skills. 

Grass Valley presented “How Are the Livermore Protest Actions Organized?” and discussed questions 
about non-violence education, action, motivation, future prospects. 

San Francisco’s young Friend, Cedric Wentworth, founder of Youth for Peace, is international correspon- 
dent for The Objector and responsible for establishing correspondence with French-speaking 
countries and reporting back to CCCO news regarding conscientious objectors and the draft. 
Meeting approved a letter expressing regret at the failure of the United States to sign the 
United Nations Law of the Sea treaty. 

Rogue Valley Friends joined others in meeting President Reagan under white balloons (“A Freeze Now”) 
and the banner, “Oregon Voted for the Freeze.” Ashland’s nuclear-free zone legislation has 
attracted national attention, and Dick Ernst was invited to New York to explain the excep- 
tional success of the initiative to concerned lawyers. 

Boulder Friend, Gilbert White, was elected a foreign member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. 

Matilda Hansen (Laramie) was re-elected to her fifth two-year term in the Wyoming House of 
of Representatives. 

Alaskan Friends note the election of Nilo Koponen to the state Legislature. He comments: “Being in 

the Legislature is like going back to school and taking 55 credit hours. . . due to the prolifer- 
ation of committees and sub-committees. . . bills can easily be held up; and few reach the 
floor, giving the public the feeling that little is happening. But actually much is going on, 
and in crucial cases swift action can occur. . . In this atmosphere, the healing peace of Meeting 
for Worship becomes all the more important. I wish I could find more time to spend with 
Juneau Friends and their families.” 

Albuquerque adopted as an on-going project, nutrition for a local Maternity and Infant Care Clinic. The 
newsletter quotes from a letter in The Friend (10/29/82) concerned with “why so many 
Quaker peace activists are not ‘Meeting Friends.’ It is not necessarily pressure of commit- 
ments which keeps them away. . . Sadly, peaceworkers often feel like the black sheep of the 
meeting. For them, faith and works are inextricably woven, but they have become disillu- 
sioned because their concern is only incidental to the meeting and not an essential part of 
it. . . the consistent loving support of a meeting is vital if the work is to remain firmly rooted 
in Quaker conviction. Strength derived from gathered worship will be a transforming power 
in any peace group, and without them work and witness are immeasurably weakened. . . 

Other denominations are now being seriously challenged to face up to the disarmament issue 
in a realistically Christian way. They will be looking to the Society of Friends for leadership 
and guidance. It would be tragic if local meetings were so uninvolved that they were unable 
to give this lead.” (Andrey Kelly) 

Palo Alto Friends are contributing to the Sonsonate orphanage in El Salvador and considering other ways 
to assist with refugee problems. Other projects under way include: Quaker dialogue on “our 
difficult personal reactions to nuclear threat— what Helen Caldicott has called ‘psychic numb- 
ing’ exploring the maldistribution of wealth; a self-help project in Lebanon, and contact 
with legislators about Middle East concerns; studying community food and shelter needs, 
opening homes to the newly unemployed, supporting active relief groups, and working more 
closely with elected officials for resumption of government responsibilities to the needy. 


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Vital Statistics 

Births: John Dylan Cheasty Mazra was born 
November 26, 1982, to Robert and Valerie Mazra, 
Berkeley Meeting. 

Siobhan Beasley was born November 8, 

1982, to Sheila and Brian Beasley, Albuquerque 
Meeting. 

Rikki Lynn Teale was born November 9, 
1982, to Terry and John Teale. Her grandparents, 

A1 and Marian Hoge, are members of Albuquerque 
Meeting. 

Samuel Henry Lohmann was born January 
9, 1983, to Karen Lohmann and Joe Tougas, Olympia. 
Grandparents are Henry and Jeanne Lohmann, San 
Francisco Meeting. 

Jacob Charles Willard , son of Steve and 
Connie Willard, grandson of Dorothy Willard, 

Eastside Meeting, was born October 9, 1982. 

Ryan Debs Wenzler, son of Mike and Marcy 
Wenzler, Lubbock Friends Worship Group , was 
born December 5, 1982. 

Sara Manning , daughter of James and 
Sandy Manning, Albuquerque Meeting, was born 
January 27, 1983. 

Owen Lee Weslowski , son of Lois and 
Leonard Weslowski, Albuquerque Meeting, was 
born December 1, 1982. 

Paul Warren Tillberg , son of Richard and 
Rebecca Warren Tillberg, Whitleaf Meeting, was 
born August 16, 1982. Grandparents are Lynd and 
Mary Warren of Whitleaf Meeting. 

Elsa Miranda Peters , daughter of Pam 
Tangible and Boyd Peters, was born March 9, 1983, 
in Wolf Creek, OR. 

Marriages: Linda Curphey and Dan Marten were 

married at Eastside Meeting on December 25, 1982. 
The wedding was under the care of University 
Meeting. 

Scott Johnson and Marie Bernadine 
Paquette were married under the care of Davis 
Meeting on November 27, 1982. 


Deaths: A memorial Meeting for Emil Deutsch, 

Phoenix Meeting, who died December 13, 1982, 
was held January 2, 1983. 

A memorial for Jean Hunter , Phoenix 
Meeting, was held December 19, 1982. 

A memorial service for Louise Haskin, 
Palo Alto Meeting, was held on January 15, 1983, 
at the Meetinghouse. 

Amelia Rockwell, a founding member 
of Santa Barbara Meeting, died on November 29, 
1982, at the home of her daughter in San Diego at 
the age of 92. Memorial Meeting was held December 
5th. 

Morgan Sibbett, Swarthmore Meeting, 
who with his wife Johanna was serving as host at 
San Francisco Friends Center, died December 1 1 , 
1982. Memorial Meeting was held on December 26. 

Colwell Beatty , faithful attender of Santa 
Barbara Meeting, died January 1 1, 1983. A memorial 
service was held by the Meeting on January 16th. 

Letter from Maui 
Dear Friends, 

This year I expect to attend Pacific Yearly Meet- 
ing for the first time. As I have family and friends 
in California, I would very much like to visit them 
for a few weeks also. 

To do this, I need to find someone to sit my 
house from mid-July until August 7/8. I am also 
looking for sitter(s) for the months of October and 
November when I shall be in China. 

The Maui Friends Worship Group meets in my 
home every Sunday for worship and a potluck 
lunch, but other arrangements can be made for this. 

If any are interested, please write for more 
details. 

In peace, 

Alice E. Walker, 9 Kaiholo Place, 
Paia,Maui,HI 96779 (telephone: 
(808) 579-9124) 


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Spring and Summer Programs, 

Ben Lomond Quaker Center 

May 20 - 22 The Basic Ecclesial Communities of 
Latin America-What They Are and 
What They Can Teach Us— The work- 
shop will examine the theology and 
process of the Latin American experi- 
ence, “share our own stories and vi- 
sions of a more authentic Christian 
community, and devise means of 
realising this in our own lives.” 
Leader: Reverend Ronald Burke, 
Catholic priest who worked for 15 
years in Central America, mostly 
among Guatemala’s Cakchiquel 
Indians. 

June 6-16 Work Camp to complete the Art 

Center— Part-time workers welcome, 
including cooks and childcare person- 
nel. Gifts needed: native plants, 
outdoor benches and chairs, fireplace 
tools, clock, hanging movie screen, 
toys, games and childcare materials, 
arts and crafts materials and equip- 
ment. 

July 24-31 Art and the Spirit— A celebration 
inaugurating the new Art Center. 
Workshops in clay, drawing, dance, 
music, poetry, story-telling. Seven- 
day, five-day or weekend attendance 
possible. Leaders: Vanita Blum, 
Anna Koster, Liz Weiss Fitton, Lois 
Kulsar, Jeanne Lohmann, Renate 
Sharpless. 

Resources 

The 1983 Calendar of Yearly Meetings , published 
by Friends World Committee for Consultation, has 
just been issued. Copies of the Calendar (which 
also contains a directory of Quaker Centers and 
offices around the world, information on confer- 
ences, and a listing of FWCC officers) are available 
on request from FWCC, Section of the Americas, 
1506 Race St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. Please 
send a self-addressed, stamped No. 10 envelope. 


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“World Environmental Trends Between 1972 and 

1982,” a summary of a comprehensive report on 
the state of the global environment written for the 
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 
edited by Gilbert White, Martin Holdgate and 
Mohawed Kassad, is available from Gilbert White, 
Sunshine Canyon, Boulder, CO 80302. “Well over 
a hundred scientists and other specialists from more 
than 50 countries were closely involved in the pro- 
duction of the document.” This is the most com- 
prehensive attempt to bring together the judgements 
of experts around the world in the environmental 
field. 

The new video-film documentary, Growing Up in 
the Nuclear Shadow , produced by Friend Ian 
Thiermann (of The Last Epidemic), has been re- 
leased, and is available for rental or purchase from: 
Educational Film and Video Project, 1725 B Sea- 
bright Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062, phone (408) 
427-2624. An updated and improved packet of 
materials, “What To Tell the Children,” may also 
be purchased for $5.00 plus postage from the same 
address.